Feast in the Archive: 30th Anniversary of Black History Month

Feast in the Archive: 30th Anniversary of Black History Month Sunday 29 October, 2.00pm – 5.00pm Book online 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Black History Month. To commemorate the legacy and commitment to the teaching of Black history, Friends of Black Cultural Archives will host the second annual Feast in the Archives. Join us […]

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A Forgotten Heritage: Blackamoores in Tudor England

A Forgotten Heritage: Blackamoores in Tudor England Wednesdays, 1 November – 7 December, 7.00pm-9.00pm £50, 5-week course Book online The course will explore the period of Tudor England, the African contribution and influence at the time. Unpicking vital evidence of the period students will be exposed to the breadth of historical evidence and rich legacy […]

UK Afrobeats: The Pioneers, the Movement and their Legacy

UK Afrobeats: The Pioneers, the Movement and their Legacy Saturday 14 October, 6.30pm-9.30pm £7, £5 concessions Book online Afrobeat music is not a new sound. Its stylistic features can be found in percussion developed from talking drum, chanted song and the call-and response techniques which have emerged from old cultural traditions. Initially popularised and transported […]

BCA Loves Afrobeats with P Montana

BCA Loves Afrobeats with P Montana Saturday 28 October, 6.30pm-9.00pm £7, £5 concession Book online From Hi-Life to London vibez, Black Cultural Archives celebrates the journey and rise of UK afrobeats at a moment in time when this genre is redefining the Black Sound we listen to today. To mark this special moment in history […]

#BlackSound Pop Up Record shop with Ninja Tune and Brownswood Recordings

Ninja Tune and Brownswood Recordings Pop Up Record Shop will run this summer as part of the Black Sound exhibition season. Rummage through a  selection of hand-picked 7” and 12” vinyls, CDs, LPs and Double Vinyls on sale. The Black Sound exhibition tells the story of 100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity. Overcoming the majority […]

Vinyl Rhythms Listening Party

On 8 June 2017, Black Cultural Archives held Vinyl Rhythms listening party hosted by Sugar Dread, local Brixtonite, Vibes FM radio presenter, and Director of Rastafari Movement UK, and Gaffa Blue DJ/selector for First Class Sound and Killer Watt Sound, and Dubvendor. Watch vinyl lovers share their memories and stories about music, from father-son trips to […]

History Matters! Young Historians Project

A Project Encouraging the Development of Young Historians of African and Caribbean Heritage wins National Lottery support. The Young Historians Project (YHP), has been awarded a National Lottery grant of £19,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Formed by young people working with the History Matters initiative, the project hopes to encourage the development of young […]

Jazz – The Bedrock of Black British Sound

Dancers at Club Eleven, Carnaby Street (1950) Black Cultural Archives’ current exhibition Black Sound tells the story of 100 years of Black British music. The exhibition marks the onset of modern Black music in Britain with the arrival of the Southern Syncopated Orchestra in 1919. The Southern Syncopated Orchestra came to London from America and made an […]

A Tribute to Our Father – Carl Kirton

A Man and His Music – Collector and Historian In 2014, Black Cultural Archives received a donation of material that had been owned by Carl Kirton. Carl Kirton was a Guyanese music and recording enthusiast who came to Britain in 1960. With his own home recording studio, he developed a personal collection over many years, […]

Remembering Darcus Howe

On Saturday 1 April 2017, Black rights and leading anti-racist activist, Darcus Howe (1943-2017) passed away. Following the sad event, Black Cultural Archives invited the community to pay tribute to the formidable Darcus Howe and his lifelong commitment to fight social and racial injustice and inequality. Hundreds gathered together in BCA’s Courtyard and spilling out onto […]